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Bree McEwan

Associate Professor

Programs: CCIT and Graduate Appointment Department of Sociology
Specializations:  Mediated Communication, Quantitative Methods

Degrees and Institutions
BA, Michigan State University
MA, Arizona State University
PhD, Arizona State University

Recent Courses
CCT208F Research Methods
CCT386S Information Practice in Virtual Worlds
CCT416S Social Media Analytics

Research Areas
Social Media, Mediated Networked Relationships, Virtual Interactions, Virtual Reality Pedagogy

Dr. Bree McEwan’s research focuses on the intersection between interpersonal communication and communication technology. Her book Navigating New Media Networks explores how communication technology, in particular social media facilitates interpersonal communication processes and relationships. She has published two measures, the Facebook Relational Maintenance measure, and the Perceived Social Affordances of Communication Channels scale. Dr. McEwan’s recent projects involves tests of an original theory of online information diffusion, the Mediated Skewed Diffusion of Issues Information theory, and exploring how people interact within virtual reality environments.

McEwan, B. (2020). Sampling and validity. Annals of the International Communication Association, 44(3), 235-247.  

McEwan, B. & Carpenter, C. J. (2020). Networked maintenance: The effect of Facebook relational maintenance on network centrality. Communication Studies, 71(2), 187-202. 

McEwan, B. (2019). “Human,” “Communication,” and “Technology.” Human Communication and Technology Journal, 1(1), 13-17.  

McEwan, B., Carpenter, C. J., & Hopke, J. (2018). Mediated skewed diffusion of issues information: A theory. Social Media + Society, 4(3)1-14.  

McEwan, B., Carpenter, C. J., & Westerman, D. K. (2018). On replication in communication science. Communication Studies, 69(3)235-241. 

McEwan, B. & Flood, M.* (2018).  Passwords for jobs: Compression of identity in reaction to perceived organizational control via social media surveillance.  New Media & Society, 20(5)1715-1735. 

McEwan, B., Sumner, E., Eden, J., & Fletcher, J. (2018). The effects of Facebook relational maintenance on friendship quality: An investigation of the Facebook Relational Maintenance Measure. Communication Research Reports, 35(1)1-11. 

Fox, J. & McEwan, B. (2017). Distinguishing technologies for social interaction. The perceived social affordances of communication channels scale. Communication Monographs, 84(3)298-318.